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Cage the Elephant and Pearl Jam Rock The Canyon

Each year in Telluride, musical acts from around the world join together to rock the socks off the Box Canyon. This year marks the 5th year of the Annual RIDE Festival held in Telluride Town Park. With an incredible lineup over the weekend, Pearl Jam will perform in Telluride for the first time on Saturday, July 9th, followed by fellow rockers, Cage the Elephant headlining the evening of Sunday, July 10th. The 2016 RIDE Festival Lineup is below:


  • The Temperance Movement

  • Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons

  • The Sheepdogs

  • Radio Moscow

  • HoneyHoney

  • Big Something

  • Little Hurricane

  • The Band of Heathens

  • Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

  • Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue

  • And Many More…

On both Saturday and Sunday, the gates will open at 10 am after lineup begins early that morning for tarping. When bands wrap up in Town Park, the night continues with The NightRIDE where musical performances spill into local venues along Main Street for late night shows. See your favorite bands and experience some new tunes at The Sheridan Opera House, The Roma Bar, and more on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Friday night festivities will take place in Mountain Village when The RIDE Festival Presents: An Evening of Live Music with Joint Point taking the Sunset Plaza Stage at 5 pm followed by The Sheepdogs at 6 pm.


The RIDE Festival offers attendees an opportunity to experience incredible music while enjoying the most beautiful mountain town in the world. With plenty to do, attendees can augment their visit with hiking, biking, or rolling on the off-roading trails in a RZR or 4-wheel drive vehicle. Why not try something new like tubing the San Miguel, stand-up paddleboarding on one of our surrounding lakes, or enjoying a challenge with some of the Gravity Play options through the Telluride Adventure Center.


If you’re bringing the kids along, be sure to check out Eco Adventures for daytime kid-focused fun and touch base with Telluride Sitters to keep them busy while you’re out enjoying the shows in Town Park along with NightRIDE around Telluride and Mountain Village. Be sure to check out our lodging options if you have yet to book your stay this weekend. Whether interested in a hotel, condo, or vacation rental, there’s something for everybody when visiting Telluride.


RIDE Fest’s close proximity to town and Mountain Village makes it a snap to get to via free public transportation on the Gondola, a Galloping Goose Bus, or even Dial-A-Ride where tips are appreciated and extended hours are available throughout the festival. Below you can find some tips for your visit this weekend:




July in Telluride offers all types of beautiful weather depending on what you enjoy the most. Ranging from sunny, 85 degree days to afternoon rain, hail, thunder, wind, and, rarely, snow. Telluride has it all so you should too! This means packing layers, pants for the evenings, and water-resistant gear for wind and rain and comfortable shoes that can withstand weather. In addition, be sure to catch some high altitude rays with plenty of sunscreen. No matter the weather, the shows will go on, just be prepared to enjoy!


What’s Allowed in the Festival?


Extra clothing, sunscreen, empty refillable waterbottles, tarps (no longer then 6’x8’), low-back chairs are all great items to plan to bring into the festival. No tent stakes are permitted within festival grounds though 10’x10’ shade tents are allowed in designated areas. There are food and beverage vendors for your enjoyment throughout the weekend for affordable and delicious meals and drinks though you may bring your own food in plastic and/or metal containers if you like. No outside alcohol or glass containers will be allowed within the grounds. However, feel free to bring crowd friendly toys like hacky-sacks, hula-hoops, and juggling balls. There are even charging stations at the festival for your cellphone needs!


What Else Can You Bring?


Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. There is bike parking across the street to the west of the Post Office just before you enter Town Park though they will not be allowed on festival grounds.


The NO List - Per RIDE Guidelines


No open containers between the festival and the campgrounds or towns.

No glass is permitted.

No pets other than ADA approved dogs.

No illegal drugs or contraband.

No professional photo, video, or recording equipment unless pre-approved by The RIDE Festival.

No unlicensed vending.

No frisbees or glow sticks.

No weapons.

No tent stakes.


Wondering About Driving Into Town or Parking?


There will be a barricade at the entrance to the Town of Telluride beginning at 4:00 pm on Friday, July 8th. If you do not have a barricade pass, you will not be allowed to access the Town of Telluride. If you do not have a barricade pass and a parking pass for the Town of Telluride, your car will be towed at your expense. If you have a parking pass, be sure to park in the proper, assigned lot and move your car by noon on Monday, July 11th. If you have a car camping pass for one of the campgrounds, you can park your car in the campground but will not be able to move it until the festival ends, no re-entry is allowed if you move your car before the festival ends. Free parking is located at various points in the valley, in Telluride, Mountain Village, Lawson Hill, and Ilium Valley. RIDE Staff will direct you where to park whether you have a pass or are looking for free parking.


If You Have More Questions?


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